The Applications of Ion Transport Group

The Applications of Ion Transport Group headed by Professor Ian Metcalfe is based in the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials (CEAM), Newcastle University.

The Applications of Ion Transport Group focuses on the exploitation of ion transport in membrane design (e.g. for carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and hydrogen production ) and materials research for novel chemical looping processes (or dynamic redox processes) as well as some catalytic work with the interfaces found in these application areas. The group has received generous funding from Engineering and Physical Science Research council (EPSRC) and European Research Council (ERC) with further collaboration and support from UK and European institutions and industrial partners.

Our postdoctoral research associates and PhD students undertake research projects on topics which include high temperature membrane reactors, chemical looping for H2 production, heterogeneous catalysis and solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs).

 

If you wish to know more about the specific interests of the group, click here. If you’d like to join our group click here to see our current vacancies.

News

7/9/2016- Congratulations! Evangelos's paper has been accepted in ACS Catalysis. ' Evangelos I. Papaioannou, Christoph Bachmann, Jonas J. Neumeier, Daniel Frankel, Herbert Over, Juergen Janek, Ian S. Metcalfe, 'Role of the Three-Phase Boundary of the Platinum–Support Interface in Catalysis: A Model Catalyst Kinetic Study', ACS Catalysis 6 (2016) 5865-5872. (open access)

1/10/2015- Welcome Maria Kazakli, Stephen Johnston, Chris De Leeuwe, Chenyang Tang and Liam Mcneil to join our group as Ph.D students! 

15/9/2015- Dr Bee Min Goh joined our group as research programme manager. Welcome!

20/04/2015- Dr Ana Gouveia Gil from Imperial College London started working in our group. Welcome!

27/03/2015- Our best wishes for Dr Ana Cristina Dueso Villalba who left our group to return to Spain!

24/03/2015-Dr Guangru Zhang's paper entitled 'Selective, high-temperature permeation of nitrogen oxides using a supported molten salt membrane' in Energy & Environmental Science was highlighted on the outside back cover. (Details click here)

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19/03/2015-Congratulations to Ian Metcalfe for being awarded a £4.6 million 5 year project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The project SynFabFun (‘From membrane material synthesis to fabrication and function’) – led by Newcastle University and involving experts from the Universities of Bath, Imperial, Edinburgh and Manchester is to develop the next generation of long lasting ‘immortal’ membranes. (Details click here)

05/03/2015-Congratulations! Mr Hang Qi and Dr Evangelos Papaioannou's paper entitled '‘Uphill’ permeation of carbon dioxide across a composite molten salt-ceramic membrane' has been accepted by Journa of Membrane Science.  (Details click here)

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26/01/2015-Congratulations! Dr Guangru Zhang's paper entitled 'Selective, high-temperature permeation of nitrogen oxides using a supported molten salt membrane' has been accepted by Energy & Environmental Science (IF:20.523). 

Broader context:
NOx treatment is an important environmental technology. Such treatment relies upon robust NOx sensors. However, most sensors suffer from a lack of selectivity when operating in oxygen-containing atmospheres. Here we demonstrate a membrane that is selective for NOx permeation. Such a membrane could be used to improve NOx sensing devices or even develop new approaches to NOx treatment.

12/01/2015- Very welcome Dr Francisco Garcia Garcia who is going to work in our group!

22/12/2014-Dr Wei Chen from the Netherland started working in our group. Welcome!

30/10/2014 - We would like to congratulate Sureena Abdullah who defended his thesis sucessfully about the production of hydrogen via water gas shift reaction using a perovskite membrane reactor. Our best wishes for your future career as a lecturer in Malaysia.

01/07/2014 - Dr Brian Ray from USA started working in our group. Welcome!

02/06/2014 - Yousef Alqaheem won the third price in the annual Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials Postgraduate Conference for his presentation on 'Stability of LSCF6428 membrane for oxygen separation under the presence of hydrogen sulphide'. Congratulations!

15/04/2014 - We welcome Alexander Behringer who is going to work in our group for four months in spillover processes and catalysis.

10/04/2014 - Congratulations Callum Campbell for your PhD!!

13/12/2013 - Our best wishes for Dr Anne Huber who left our group to return to Germany.

01/10/2013 - Three new PhD students have started working for our group. Welcome Danny, Paul and Nisa!

10/09/2013- Dr Guangru Zhang from Nanjing University of Technology (China) has joined the group to work with ceramic membranes.

25/04/2013 - Naimah's paper entitled 'The role of sodium surface species on electrochemical promotion of catalysis in a Pt/YSZ system:The case of ethylene oxidation' has been published in Journal of Catalysis. You can find it here.

01/04/2013 - We would like to welcome Dr Anne Huber who joined the group to work as PDRA.

28/02/2013 - We wish the best to Alan Thursfield who left the group after so many years of good work.

30/11/2012 - Danai Poulidi has left our group to start a new job as lecturer at Queen's University Belfast. We wish you good luck in your future career. We will miss you!

23/11/2012 - Claire´s poster "Auto-thermal Hydrogen Production via Chemical Looping of Iron Oxide" won the first prize at the Energy Excellence Research Poster competition within the workshop "UK Energy Strategy: Showcasing capability of the North East to deliver". Good work!

19/07/2012 - Congratulations to Ian Metcalfe for becoming a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering! This is in recognition of his contribution in the fields of catalysis and membrane science over the past 25 years.